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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Top-up

Course Name 
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Top-upAvailable for Enquiries
Course Details
Location University Centre - Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 6
Start Date September
Duration 1 year F/T 2 years P/T
Time of Day Day
Mode of Study Part time
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body University of Huddersfield
Offering Code HGL6EAY
UCAS Code B3A2
Opportunity for Placement Yes
Programme Design and Overview

The course has been developed in partnership with employers to ensure the current government reforms in education are met. The reforms focus on early childhood development and the importance of high quality early years provision to provide the foundations to prepare young children and babies for the best start in life.

The program will also ensure you are fully prepared for a successful career and allows students who currently hold a foundation degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND) to complete further study to top up their qualifications and obtain a full honours degree. You will build on what you have already learnt from previous study and will gain knowledge to support you in your career.

The course has been updated in line with the National Occupational Standards for the Level 6 Early Years Educator.

Indicative Content

You will study a range of theoretical modules covering elements which will enhance your understanding of working with children in early years and primary education. You will have the opportunity to undertake a major study in education which will develop independent research skills and personal and professional competence in planning for and carrying out a project.

Modules studied include:

  • Health and well-being
  • Supporting learning in young children
  • Research methodologies
  • Major study in education
Delivery Methods

The theoretical modules and research project aim to integrate study with your own personal, professional and work experience, and to allow you to reflect on your practice-based application of theory. 

Sessions involve a range of learning opportunities including group work, lectures, seminars, workshops, and case studies as well as approximately 60% independent, self-directed, study. To help you with your independent study you will have a personal tutor who will support your ongoing well-being and ensure that you have a positive learning experience.

Nature of Assessments on the Programme Assessments vary and include essays, written reports, developing creative teaching resources to support children's learning, student-led seminars, presentations, and research reports.
Entry Requirements Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning and Development or Early Years.
Completion of the first two years of a BA (Hons) or an equivalent qualification such as a Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject.
Attendance Expectations

Full time: 1 year, 2 days per week 9.00-17.00 Full time provision will be based at the Wakefield City Campus in the University Centre.

First semester will be based on 2 day per week attendance. This will decrease to 1 day per week attendance in March. The 1 day per week will be independent based with supervisor support for the Major Study in Education in semester two.

Part time: 2 years, Year 1 - 1 day per week, Year 2 - 1 day per week and Independent study. Part time provision will be based at the Wakefield City Campus in the University Centre.

Fee Information

These fees relate to 2022/23

Tuition fee: Part-time (two years) - £3,475.00 per year

Tuition fee: Full-time (one years) - £6,950.00 per year

All eligible Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Part-time Home and EU students on their first higher education course who are studying at least 25% of a full-time equivalent course can apply for a non-means tested tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs

A DBS Enhanced Disclosure is a compulsory requirement of any offer to study on courses which require you to work with children and/or vulnerable adults. If you do not have a DBS an intend on conducting research for your major study which involves children and/or vulnerable adults you will be required to obtain one. Approximate cost £46.00

Further details on DBS disclosures can be found at GOV.UK, by contacting the DBS information line on 0870 9090 844

 Students are also liable for costs relating to:

Purchase of books; approximately £240.00
Travel to and from campus: £5.50 per day on public transport
Stationary: approximately £30.00
Trips and visits: approximately £30.00 (these are optional and not compulsory to the course)
Printing; approximately £30.00
The following costs should be used as a guide only.

Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.  There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony:
When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Further Study

Upon successful completion of your studies, progression onto the following postgraduate programmes may be of interest;

• Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS)
• Graduate Entry Mainstream Teacher Training;
• Primary Education (Early Years and Key Stage 1) PGCE with QTS Teacher Training;
• Primary Education (General)
• PGCE with QTS Teacher training (Lifelong Learning)
• PGCE full-time Teacher training (Lifelong Learning)
• PGCE part-time Action Research for Education; MA Early Childhood Studies
• MA Education
• MA Leadership in Education and Public Services
• PgDip Education and Youth Work
• MA Youth and Community Work (Professional Studies)

Career Opportunities

This course offers opportunities for careers within a wide range of roles in education, specifically teaching in nursery and reception classes and leading practice in pre-schools, nurseries and primary teaching. Careers in management within an early years setting, family support work, and child development within the private, local authority and voluntary sectors are also available.

This course is also a recognised progression route into Primary and Early Years Teaching Status. Upon successful completion you may also consider pursuing further study, including PGCE or other professional Master's programmes.

How to Apply

Please apply through UCAS at for the full time course.

For the part-time course, please complete a part-time HE/Professional application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

Admissions Process For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:
Group Size As a University of Huddersfield franchise, we have a minimum group size of 8. The programme will only be viable if there is a minimum of 8 students for each route.
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

For Further Details

Please contact Johanne Child telephone 01924 789109 or email Alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

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